Reflective writing is evidence of reflective thinking. At university, reflective thinking usually involves:
- Looking back at something (often an event, i.e. something that happened, but it could also be an idea or object).
- Analysing the event or idea (thinking in depth and from different perspectives, and trying to explain, often with reference to a model or theory from your subject).
- Thinking carefully about what the event or idea means for you and your ongoing progress as a learner.
Reflective writing is thus more personal than other kinds of academic writing. It is usually acceptable to use the pronon 'I' when writing.